Friday 10 May 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 103

The sun, the moon and the Oscar
9.5.2013, Mumbai

Japanese director Akira Kursawa said about our most revered filmmaker Satyajit Ray that if you have not watched Satyajit Ray films it is like breathing in this world and not having seen the sun and the moon.

A few days ago Delhi celebrated Ray’s films via a retrospective which was a part of centenary celebration of cinema. To recap his magnificent journey briefly Ray released his debut feature Pather Panchali shot with amateur actors and inexperienced technical crew in 1955. It told the story of a little boy Apu growing up in a village in Bengal.

Aparajito and Apur Sansar completed Apu Trilogy followed by Charulata about a lonely housewife and a musical fantasy Gopy Gyane Bagha Byne.

In a four decade long career Ray shot documentaries, short and feature films. He is the only Indian filmmaker to be awarded Oscar for Lifetime Achievement and the academy came home to do the honors because Ray could not travel for the ceremony.

Bhawana Somaaya/

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